We are at the Refugee Highway Roundtable Conference in Toronto, Canada. https://www.rhpna.com/ We are networking with a lot of people who work with or want to work with refugees. We are presenting the valuable tool ScriptureEarth.org. It is having excellent results. People are getting excited at the prospect of giving the gift of God’s Word, the Bible to people who desperately need it, in their heart language or the language they understand best. These are long days for us, pray for our strength, endurance, (sore feet) and that we communicate well. People are accessing God’s Word!
Did You Know?
Refugee ref·u·gee /ˌrefyo͝oˈjē/ a person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster.
Immigrant /ˈiməɡrənt/ – a person who has settled permanently in another country. Immigrants choose to move, whereas refugees are forced to flee.
There are documented refugees who wait in camps on average 10.3 years. Some just a few months and some as long as 55 years.
There are the undocumented refugees who may be en route for years and finally in desperation slip into a country without any official status.
There are asylum seekers who cross international borders without proper documentation but in fear for their lives and plead with the new country to let them stay.
Until a determination is made, it is impossible to say, whether the asylum-seeker is a refugee or not.
Many different terms are used to describe refugees and immigrants, some with particular legal meanings, some with offensive associations. Using terms properly is an important way of treating people with respect and advancing an informed debate on the issues.
While we are doing definitions here’s one more. Diaspora [dī-ˈa-sp(ə-)rə] when written with a capital “D” refers to the Jewish nation that was forced to scatter around the world. But when diaspora is written with a small “d” it refers to any people who identify with a “homeland” but live outside of it, regardless of the reason.
Thanks for praying for us, the people and ministeries we are talking with and the refugees we all want to help.